Day 1: Arrival in Bordeaux approx. 1:00 PM Check in to your hotel for 2 nights. Chef Eric will greet the participants at the hotel in the afternoon with a wine and cheese reception and wine tasting workshop. Visit to Place de La Bourse and historical district a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 2: Drive to the Medoc region on the left bank of the Gironde estuary. Lunch in Margaux, wine tasting at a World renowned estate vineyard.
Day 3: Drive to the right bank of the Gironde to Day, where the luscious Entre-Deux-Mers wines are produced; lunch enroute. Check-in to your hotel adjacent to the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte vineyard which we will visit for a private tasting.
Day 4: Check-out and depart for the 52 km drive to St.Emilion. Providing space is available your stay here will be in a small chateau. Afternoon tasting at a grand cru vineyard. Close by is Chateau Yquem vineyard where the world’s finest sauterne is produced.
Day 5: After check-out you will take the short drive to Cognac, and will hopefully stay at another small chateau. The afternoon will be spent with a cognac producer, after visiting the distillery and cellars you will have an opportunity to make your own cognac.
Day 6: Free morning in Cognac, lunch in a chateau. Afternoon drive to Royan, check-in at the Thalasso Hotel Cordouan. (A Thalassotherapy spa hotel)
Day 7: 8:30 AM departure to Phare de Cordouan, a XVI century lighthouse, it is located 7km out to sea so our visit will be weather dependent. In the afternoon we will take the ferry across the Gironde estuary to Le Verdon-Sur-Mer and return to Bordeaux.
Day 8: Return flight to Vancouver. Those choosing to travel onto Paris will be taken to the station for the TGV train
Bordeaux: The flourishing capital of the Aquitaine region, is world famous for its wines which contribute $14B to the French economy. A wonderful mixture of old and new it is a UNESCO World Heritage City.
Medoc: To the north of Bordeaux, the region boasts 1,500 vineyards divided into Medoc, in the north, none for elegant but delicate wines and Haut-Medoc to the south. 25% of the Medoc vineyards produce grands crus classes.
Saint Emilion: Wine production here dates back to Roman times, later monks continued the tradition. Emilion was one such monk. Wines produced here are known to be robust, richly coloured and quick to mature. This area is also famous for food, particularly dishes featuring mushrooms, sauerkraut, spareribs, lamb and salmon Located on the right bank of the Gironde, the region is a UNESCO Heritage site due to its prehistoric ruins and fine Romanesque Churches.
Cognac: In medieval times Cognac was an important stop along the pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostella. Excellent white wines are produced here to match the seafood, particularly oyster, dishes for which Cognac is also justly famous. But, of course, Cognac is most famous for the drink that bears it’s name. To be called Cognac only brandy made in certain designated locations close to the town.
Paris: City of Light, but when you stroll along the banks of the Seine in the evening and observe young Parisian couples, you will soon realize why it is also the City of Romance. Paris is also one the most beautiful cities from the point of view of architecture. And let’s not forget culture; the Louvre is, perhaps the World’s most famous museum and the Quay d’Orsay is certainly one of the finest Modern Art museums anywhere; particularly if you like Impressionism. My personal favourite is L’Orangie, the gallery, close to the Louvre, which houses Monet’s giant Water Lilly paintings.CDN. $ 5,925.00
per person based on two persons sharing a room
(Single room supplement $650.00)
- Airfare Vancouver/Bordeaux,*
- Four or five star accommodation
- 7 Breakfasts, 7 lunches, welcome dinner lunch
- Wine tastings
- Bilingual guide throughout
- Local transportation and excursions as described by A/C
- Admissions to historical and cultural sites, as per the itinerary
- All taxes and Airport fees and transfers
- Beverages (other than included tastings), laundry, telephone calls and all items of a personal nature, travel insurance
Guests are limited to one suitcase and a small carry-on bag.
We intend to book at least one Chateau style hotel, but this will depend on availablity
Once paid for the tour is non-refundable.
Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended.
Chef Eric Arrouze, your host in France.
Originally from France, Chef Eric has worked in famous hotels and restaurants in his home country and Canada. He once served as Executive Chef in a five star hotel on the French Riviera. Passionate about cuisine from an early age, Chef Eric has over 30 years of gourmet experience. He holds a British Columbia Instructor Diploma and has been teaching culinary arts to adults for 15 years. Eric has, in conjunction with UBC, also led many culinary and wine tours to France. Elan Travel is proud to be partnering with Eric to offer a program of unique tours, designed for wine lovers and foodies.
What is a Thalassotherapy hotel?
Thalassotherapy is the therapeutic use of the seawater and marine products like algae, seaweed, and marine mud. The name comes from the Greek words thalassa ("the sea") and therapia ("treat"), created by Frenchman Jacques de la Bonnardière in 1876. Thalassotherapy was pioneered in France in the early 1900s, and it still has more thalassotherapy spas than any other country, mainly along the Atlantic Coast The principle behind thalassotherapy is that repeated immersion in warm seawater, marine mud, and protein-rich algae helps restore the body's natural chemical balance. Seawater and human plasma are very similar in terms of mineral content. When immersed in warm seawater, the body absorbs the minerals it needs -- trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and iodide -- through the skin.